Nottingham

Mansfield Town FC: Ian Greaves stand 'open as normal'

An enforcement notice preventing the use of a stand at a football club, following "unapproved" building work has been lifted by a council.

Mansfield Town FC said its Ian Greaves stand would be open for Saturday's home game against Woking.

Nottinghamshire County Council said a structural engineer and a fire safety specialist met with club on Friday.

The club said: "The safety of our supporters is always our main priority."

The council said the club was carrying out alterations to the stand to create a hospitality lounge, classrooms and a telesales area.

It said the building works should have had approval from the county council, as required under the club's General Safety Certificate.

A council spokesman said the lifting of the enforcement notice, which had been issued on Thursday, was subject to conditions.

He also said legislation governing the safety at sports grounds had been tightened as a result of tragedies such as the Hillsborough disaster.

Mansfield Town FC spokesman, Operations Director Paul Broughton, said: "We pride ourselves in maintaining a safe environment for our supporters and visitors and take these responsibilities very seriously. The stand will be open as normal."

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